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What Is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu

At Axiom Jiu-Jitsu, people often ask us to explain who we are and what we do. The curiosity is not surprising, because Brazilian jiu-jitsu represents many things to its devoted practitioners. Yes, it is a martial art, but it’s also a lifestyle you can embrace on a journey to self-improvement. Anyone can benefit, regardless of age, size, or athletic experience. BJJ has no barriers – it’s all about potential.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – the Gentle Art

Brazilian jiu-jitsu evolved in Brazil in the early 20th century, rooted in the principles of judo and traditional Japanese jujutsu. Known as “the gentle art,” it is a discipline that emphasizes grappling, leverage, pressure, and technique to overcome opponents, instead of striking. The appeal of BJJ is that it adapts to the student, not the other way around.

At Axiom Jiu-Jitsu, we believe Brazilian jiu-jitsu is the world’s best martial art. We provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental training environment where you can gain a better understanding of your body while pushing your limits, building your physical and mental strength, and boosting your confidence. Here, everyone is on a unique path, but we’re all traveling together, creating a tight-knit camaraderie borne out of shared experiences and mutual growth.

Embracing the BJJ Lifestyle: Benefits Beyond the Mat

For those who are willing to learn and commit to the practice, Brazilian jiu-jitsu will do more than equip you with self-defense techniques. It goes beyond the gym, transcending into a way of life that promotes overall personal development. Here are some benefits of learning BJJ.

  • Physical fitness: Regularly practicing BJJ will improve your overall physical fitness, increasing strength, flexibility, cardiovascular health, and agility. As a full-body workout, it also aids in weight management.
  • Mental strength: Brazilian jiu-jitsu is equal parts mental and physical. It encourages strategic thinking, problem-solving, and remaining calm under pressure.
  • Discipline: Learning BJJ requires focus and dedication. These values can translate into other aspects of your life, from improving work productivity to pursuing personal goals.
  • Self-esteem: As you progress in your BJJ journey, overcoming challenges, and mastering new techniques, you’ll notice your confidence soaring to new heights.
  • Social skills and friendships: Our gym fosters a community environment. As we have often witnessed firsthand, collaborative learning, shared experiences, and a supportive atmosphere result in enduring friendships.
  • Respect: One invaluable lesson BJJ imparts is respect for your teachers, training partners – and, most importantly, for yourself. Challenging yourself to compete fosters an environment of mutual understanding and acceptance.

A Family Jiu-Jitsu Gym With Missouri Heart

Axiom Jiu-Jitsu is more than a gym – we are a family. Regardless of your age, size, gender, body type, physical abilities, or martial arts experience, you’ll find a welcoming home here. And whether you are a first-time adult or a young competitive athlete, you’ll discover that Brazilian jiu-jitsu can fit into and enrich your life in ways you never expected. To learn more, contact us and start your journey today.